By Marc Torrence, BamaOnline.com:
Brandon Greene wasn’t exactly the top name on everyone’s shortlist to replace Cyrus Kouandjio at left tackle on Alabama’s offensive line next year. But Greene, a rising redshirt sophomore who has bounced from offensive line, to tight end, and back to offensive line, has found himself in a perfect storm of situations this spring. A combination of a lack of offensive line depth, a lack of a proven left tackle candidate and some experimentation on the line has found himself in the thick of things at left tackle. “I think he’s done very well,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of Greene. “He’s certainly improved a lot as a player.”
By Alex Scarborough, ESPN:
The injury to Eddie Jackson is still reverberating through Alabama’s roster. The promising young cornerback, who was in position to start as a sophomore, tore his ACL during last weekend’s scrimmage, forcing him to miss the remainder of spring camp. On Tuesday, he was seen in crutches awkwardly stepping into a crimson SUV that carried him away from the football facilities where his teammates were practicing. With Jackson gone, others have had to step up.
By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
Glancing back on the 2012 Alabama recruiting class, it’s Chris Black who topped all the receiver rankings. He nosed out teammate Amari Cooper for No. 6 on the composite ranking of receivers compiled by 247Sports. Then Black had a big A-Day that spring — a 44-yard touchdown included in his three catches — after enrolling a semester early. All signs pointed to a breakout freshman season. Then Black took a hit from linebacker Ryan Anderson in August. The resulting injury required surgery and an unplanned redshirt. So it was Cooper who broke freshman receiving records and scored the winning touchdown in the SEC Championship Game that fall. Through it all, Black remained upbeat as he watched Alabama win the BCS title.
By JJ Stankevitz, NBC Sports:
Alabama running back Derrick Henry has rode the momentum of a breakout performance in the Sugar Bowl, and appears (sorry, coach Saban) poised to be the next star running back for the Tide. Glen Coffee, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon came before him (Yeldon will be a junior this fall). He lept ahead of Kenyan Drake on Alabama’s depth chart heading into the Sugar Bowl, and staked his claim to the spot behind Yeldon with 100 yards on eight carries with a touchdown against Oklahoma.
By Cliff Kirkpatrick, Montgomery Advertiser:
Dee Liner remains a vital part of the Alabama football team. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound sophomore defensive lineman from Muscle Shoals has been having a strong spring practice, and coach Nick Saban likes his improvement from last season. “Dee has made really significant improvement, especially with his ability to hold the point and shed blockers,” Saban said. “He has more confidence in what he’s doing. He’s working to compete with the twos right now some and doing a good job.” Liner was in line to redshirt last season, but starting nose guard Brandon Ivory was hurt for the Tennessee game. Saban activated Liner for depth purposes and used him late in the blowout.
First off, let’s make things clear. This has nothing, I repeat, nothing, to do with me being a huge fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. This does however, have everything to do with my being the evaluator that I am, watching the tape and asking myself, “Which quarterback prospect fits best with the Jaguars and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch?” Miami’s Stephen Morris is not the answer, the most-winningest quarterback in all of college football history, Alabama’s AJ McCarron is the answer.
By Marq Burnett, thepiedmontjournal.com:
Give him the ball and watch him work. That seems to be Alabama’s thinking with junior wide receiver Amari Cooper this spring. Through two scrimmages, Cooper has terrorized the Crimson Tide’s secondary for 287 yards and three touchdowns on 19 receptions, according to the stats provided by Alabama’s media relations staff. Cooper has been so good that Tide coach Nick Saban basically said there’s no way to stop him with just one defender. “The guy’s really an explosive guy. He’s got great speed, he’s got really good hands, he’s got good size,” Saban said Saturday. “He can catch the ball vertically down the field. He’s difficult to cover coming out of a break. He’s good against press (coverage), so he’s a pretty hard guy to stop unless you put two guys on him.
By Michael Casagrande, al.com:
We’ve heard a little about the I-formation from Jalston Fowler, but Tuesday we saw a little taste of it. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin ran the running back group through several formations, some off-set I-formations and pistol looks. Fowler (45), Corey McCarron (47) and Michael Nysewander (46) were taking turns at fullback. It looked like they were working on the timing of the operation that hasn’t been used much at Alabama recently. They used a few two-back looks in short-yardage situations, but not much in normal offensive flow.
By Ken Rogers, Dothan Eagle:
Alabama coach Nick Saban said a potent Crimson Tide passing attack will be even more explosive when the offense runs the ball more efficiently than it ran it in Saturday’s second scrimmage. Sophomore running back Altee Tenpenny led the Tide with 39 yards on 15 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run. Redshirt freshman Tyren Jones was next with 10 carries for 34 yards. Kenyan Drake gained 19 yards on just four carries. The team’s top two running backs, T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry, were not listed in the rushing stats, although Henry was credited with a 2-yard touchdown run.